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first_img NASA SpaceX 4 5:41 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Originally published March 2, 12.01 a.m. PT. Updates, March 2, 5:32 p.m. PT: Adds tweets, images from launch; March 3, 3 a.m. PT: Adds ISS docking information. Tags 7:07 SpaceX’s Crew Dragon launches to the ISS 16 Photos Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Share your voice Sci-Tech The Crew Dragon trailing the ISS as it prepares for capture. NASA/SpaceX SpaceX has taken another small step toward sending astronauts into space after launching the Crew Dragon capsule early Saturday morning and successfully docking with the International Space Station. spacex-demo1 SpaceX Affixed to the top of a Falcon 9 booster, the rounded cone capsule of the Crew Dragon blasted off in a blaze of fire and smoke from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:49 a.m. ET Saturday. The launch was the first step in the Demo-1 mission, designed to test the capabilities of the capsule over the next week, but it was only the beginning. After launch the capsule coasted to the ISS, making a number of maneuvers to line up with a specialized docking adapter aboard the station. Though live footage of the event appeared low-key, both the Crew Dragon and the ISS were traveling at over 17,500 miles per hour during the monumental docking attempt.  Crew Dragon achieved soft capture with the ISS at 5:51 a.m. ET, but the high-speed space grab wasn’t over. Shortly after, 12 hooks reached out from Crew Dragon to firmly attach it to the ISS, enabling a “hard capture” of the capsule at 6 a.m. ET and marking the first successful docking of a Commercial Crew capsule at the ISS. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docks with the International… Now playing: Watch this: No humans are on board, but the capsule isn’t empty. Locked within Crew Dragon is a flight dummy nicknamed Ripley and an anthropomorphic plushie of planet Earth designed to indicate when the capsule had reached zero gravity. In addition, the capsule carried around 400 pounds of crew supplies and equipment to the ISS to simulate future missions.  A view from onboard the Crew Dragon as it approached the ISS. SpaceX/NASA On Saturday morning, the historic launch was celebrated with cheers and applause at Kennedy Space Center, after multiple delays pushed the maiden flight back from an expected launch in 2018. The site of the landmark launch was Pad 39A, which has previously seen NASA’s Saturn rockets carry astronauts to the moon aboard Apollo spacecraft and the famous launches of NASA’s space shuttles. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk expressed his appreciation for both the SpaceX team and NASA at a post-launch press conference but noted the mental toll the experience had on him. “To be frank, I’m a little emotionally exhausted,” he sighed. “That was super stressful, but it worked… So far.”    Though the launch was a success, SpaceX still has a few more obstacles to overcome before the demonstration mission is complete. The capsule will remain docked at the ISS until March 8, then begin what is arguably the most important part of its demonstration: successfully returning to Earth. The capsule is fitted with enhanced parachutes and is set to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean. The Falcon 9 blasts off, carrying Crew Dragon for the first time. SpaceX Speaking of the Atlantic, the reusable Falcon 9 booster that launched Crew Dragon landed on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You drifting in the ocean, approximately 10 minutes after liftoff. As part of its Commercial Crew program, NASA handed contracts to both SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to develop rockets that could send astronauts back to space. NASA hasn’t launched humans to space since 2011, when the Space Shuttle program ended. In the meantime, the agency has paid for spots on the Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of over $80 million per seat. That makes Saturday’s success particularly important, helping chart a course for NASA to bring launches back to American soil and keep costs down.  “We want to make sure we keep our partnership with Russia, which has been very strong for a long period of time,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said before the flight. “But we also want to make sure we have our own capability to get back and forth to the International Space Station.” The Crew Dragon separates from the Falcon 9 in Earth’s shadow. SpaceX The Crew Dragon capsule is an enhanced version of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which has ferried cargo from Earth to the ISS on 16 previous occasions. This iteration can carry seven human passengers, which it’ll eventually shuttle to the ISS in low Earth orbit. Provided this demo mission proceeds as planned, the Crew Dragon will have to demonstrate its safety in one more “in-flight abort test,” scheduled for later this year. If it passes that test, SpaceX and NASA will finally be ready to make another giant leap, sending astronauts to the ISS from the US for the first time since 2011. last_img read more

first_imgClose David Cameron secured a minor pre-general election victory and shocked Ed Miliband when he promised a future Tory government would not raise the rate of VAT.The promise came during the final Prime Ministers Questions of this Parliament and with just weeks to go before the vote in May.Ed Balls had promised a Labour government would not raise the 20% VAT rate, which is typically levied on goods and services, earlier in March. The shadow chancellor also attacked the Tories over the tax, claiming Cameron would raise the levy if he gained office after the general election.Ed Miliband sustained Labours attack on the issue at Prime Ministers Questions when he asked Cameron if he would rule out a VAT rise.On Monday the prime minister announced his retirement plans and he said it was because he believed in giving straight answers to straight questions, Miliband said, in reference to the revelation Cameron would only stay on for two terms.Now, after five years of Prime Ministers Questions, that was music to my ears. So heres a straight question: Will he not rule out a rise in VAT?Cameron replied: In 45 days time I plan to arrange his retirement. But hes right, straight questions do deserve straight answers. And the answer is yes.The pledge caused the Tory benches to erupt into cheers and the Conservative MPs began to heckle Miliband. But the Labour leader claimed nobody would believe Cameron over his VAT promise.Nobody is going to believe it because of his extreme spending plans, because his numbers dont add up and because he promised it last time and he broke his promise, Miliband said. The exchange comes after Chancellor George Osborne raised VAT from 17.5% in 2010 to its current rate as part of his emergency budget.Labour and the Tories are neck-and-neck in the opinion polls as the general election looms. The latest survey from YouGov, which questioned more than 2,000 voters between 23 and 24 March, put both of the parties on 35%, with Ukip on 12%, the Liberal Democrats on 8% and the Greens on 6%.last_img read more

Compensate Tareque Masud family with Tk 462m HC

first_imgTareque MasudThe High Court on Sunday ordered compensating the family of filmmaker Tareque Masud with around Tk 46.2 million for their loss of dependency, affection and property through the death of the filmmaker.According to the order, the bus owner, its driver, and the insurance company which insured the bus will have to pay the compensation to Tareques family in three months.The HC bench of justice Zinat Ara and justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo pronounced the verdict.As per the order, the bus driver will have to give Tk 3 million, the insurance company Tk 80,000 and the three co-owners of the bus will have to pay the remaining Tk 43 million.On 13 August 2011, acclaimed filmmaker Tareque Masud and the CEO of ATN News television channel, Mishuk Munier, died in a road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj.last_img read more